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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 6:00p on 01/26/20 - Temperature: 37.1 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 37.1 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.478 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 100 %
IceCON 2. Some trade routes are climbable, even in lower elevations.
2 out of a possible 5
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August 22, 2019

Hi Folks,

I know I talk about the weather a lot, but that's because it's been so wacky. we will go for days with absolutely perfect weather, and then for 18 hours it all goes to crap. It happened a week ago, and then again yesterday. The rain started in the mid-late-afternoon and did the proverbial cats-and-dogs thing! In around 2 hours we got the better part of 2" here at the cliff.

I would look out the window and barely see the other side of my back yard. It was that intense. There was some lightning, but fortunately not that much. From what I saw on the news at 6:30 it was worse in the southern part of the state. There were some pretty big storm cells that in a couple of places had some rotating winds. I don't think there were any actual reported tornados or microbursts fortunately. It seems to me that we've had some pretty significant storms this summer, coupled with extended periods of dry weather. Extremes I would have to say...

I did get out climbing with Joe Perez on Tuesday, which was probably the nice day of the week. The temperature was in the mid-70's and humidity quite low. We decided to just run over to Humphrey's and do Yellow Jacket, and then see what we felt like after that. Joe led it first, I lowered him off and then I took a run. I noticed that the right anchor nut was loose, so I tightened it up. Joe wanted to take a toprope run on his route just to the left, Put My Foot Where. He did a good job on it, getting the thin crux moves at the top. I took a pass, but decided not to mess with the final thin moves at the top. I'm just too worried about my hands these days. [sigh] I'm getting a cortisone shot next week so hopefully that will help.

I'm going down to Alton tomorrow to climb with George Hurley at Rines Hill. He has some new moderate routes that he wants to show me. That should be fun. Stay tuned...

I do love this time of year, when the weather is really moderate and there is a lot of fresh veggies. Tuesday night I grilled a burger, sautéed fresh picked green beans and had a salad from my own garden. I don't think it gets a whole lot better.

I have a number of concerts and shows coming up over the next 6 weeks that have kept me practicing a lot. Some are original music and some are difficult covers. That said they all are fun. Here's a few pix from the week...
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective January 23, 2020
My goodness, what a difference a few days and a little cold weather will make. The ice has filled in again and we're almost back to reasonable early/mid-season conditions. Last week the middle of Walk In The Forest and Willies Slide were both dramatically gone. As of today both were pretty much filled in. I spoke with a guide who was on Standard 2 days ago who said the middle like wasn't great, but this morning it looked good. I also spoke with someone who described penguin as "epically fat!" There are some predictions for either a rain, mixed or a snow event on Saturday night into Sunday. As long as we don't get a full-fledged rain event things will be great. Keep your fingers crossed folks. (Maybe the toes as well..)
Huntington Ravine options - beware avalanche danger  
Repentance building well  
Standard Route good, MUCH better Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

I've been only riding on the road and trying to combine errands with riding where possible. Yesterday, Wednesday, morning I had to take my car to Frechette to get the tires rotated. Since I bought them there they do it for free. I called and they weren't busy so I threw the road bike in the car and headed over. The weather looked inclement but the radar said I had an hour or two so I headed up Passaconaway Rd. I saw a couple of other riders and I managed the 12.4 miles out to the covered bridge and back in a brisk 54 minutes. I noticed a new granite marker for a cemetery a few miles up the road. It looks like the road up the hill to the plot has been cleaned up as well. I'll have to check it out sometime soon.

Fortunately it didn't rain, but it started drizzling as I was putting the bike in the car. I headed back through town and stopped at Levitt's for a chocolate doughnut. recently someone asked me why I went to the gym and rode so much. I think it's so that I CAN eat that occasional doughnut. And BTW, if you haven't had one of their doughnuts, you haven't lived!


Sticking with a 2 for this week. While they aren't bad, there are mosquitoes out there, When we were climbing at Humphrey's on Tuesday they were annoying.

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Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

Pucky lads, a wee bit over their heads.
Doug Scott after encountering two climbers on Denali suffering from exposure
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